"Fire" by Debra Whitfield

THEATRE 54 @ Shetler Studios & Theatres
244 West 54th Street,12th Floor

Running October 12th through October 28th, 2017

The Triangle Waist Company fire on March 25th, 1911, lives in infamy as one of the worst disasters in the history of New York City. In just a few short minutes, over one hundred and forty lives were abruptly extinguished when the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Triangle Waist Company were consumed by fire on that fateful March day. Most of the casualties were female immigrants who had come to America to start new lives for themselves and for their families. Many of the girls sent portions of their meager incomes back home to their relatives who remained in the “old country.” The young women had believed the stories they had read about American streets being “paved with gold.” The reality was, the only gold they saw were the gold coins pocketed by the manufacturers.

FIRE dramatically interweaves fictionalized stories about these young transplants with actual testimony from the trial against the owners of the factory. It poetically explores the theme of avarice juxtaposed against the dream of living in a new land and all the promise that goes along with it.

FIRE resonates today because one of the baser human desires, greed, pervades the world culture as much now, if not more, than it did back in 1911. The play is ultimately about overcoming adversity and never giving up hope for a better life.



TWELFTH NIGHT, touring schedule

Twelfth Night opens today (Wednesday July 13, 2016). 
The shows are free and open to the public, (with a few exceptions). I hope to see you there! 


-7/13Washington Township public Library7PM
-7/14 Monmouth County Library 6 PM
-7/15 Franklin Township Public Library 2 PM
and River Edge Public Library 7 PM
-7/16 Sussex-Wantage Library 6 PM
-7/17 Meisel Park, Springfield 2 PM
and 3 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park 6 PM
-7/19 South Orange Library 7 PM
-7/20 Mahwah Public Library 7 PM
-7/21 Demarest Recreation Commission 7 PM
-7/24 Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield 2 PM
-7/25 Bernards Township Library 7 PM
-7/26 Lee Memorial Library 1 PM
and Wharton Public Library 6 PM
-7/27 Linden Amphitheater 7 PM
-7/28 Oakland Public Library 7 PM
-7/31 Echo Lake Park, Mountainside 1 PM
and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ lawn 6 PM
-8/1 Apple Farm 7 PM
-8/2 Elberon Branch Library 7 PM
-8/3 Essex County College 2 PM
and Military Park 7 PM
-8/4 Montvale Public Library 7 PM
-8/5 Oradell Public Library 2 PM
-8/8 Oak Ridge Park, Clark 7 PM
-8/9 Glenn Rock Library 7 PM
-8/10 Plainsboro Public Library 7 PM
-8/12 Teaneck Public Library 10 AM
and Barkley Heights Public Library 7 PM


Twelfth NIGHT

I am so excited to announce that I will be playing Viola in my upcoming tour of Twelfth Night with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. 


It's a special day here at the Rogue and Peasant Players...it's not every day that you announce your first Shakespeare production...
That's right we are here to announce our next big show and it's a biggie...our next show will be....

by William Shakespeare.


January 27th-February 14th 2016
The Access Theater

"War is brewing in Europe, King Henry V, newly on the throne, presses an ancient claim on France and leads his army onto mainland Europe. Surrounded by enemies both within and without, Henry must abandon the ways of his youth to become what his kingdom needs him to be."

In this play's immortal prologue Shakespeare ponders how to bring the vasty fields of France into a cramped theater. That, is our director Kelly Johnston's life story, and with his unique and creative take he will be transporting audiences to medieval France with a handful of actors, music, lights, and one of the greatest texts in the English language.

Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but keep your eyes here for any and all updates.

In the meantime you can buy tickets for our party: "Muses of Fire: A Rogue and Peasant Fundraiser"

Drink specials, live music, a silent auction, and a special teaser of our upcoming show! Come party with The Rogue and Peasant Players and find out what we've got in store for the upcoming season.

December 5th, 7-10PM

The TAI Group

150 W 30th Street

14th Floor

Tickets: $20

(Space is limited!)


Dress to impress!

Can't make it but still want to support us? Of course you do you hero's hero. Our indiegogo page is now live, so you can make a tax deductible donation and help us bring audiences from a black box in SoHo to the air of Agincourt